The Shallowater community is mourning the loss of Shallowater High School senior Garrett Hacker.
Hacker was killed in a car accident near Tatum, NM, while traveling home from a weekend trip Sunday afternoon.
"It was hard the first two, three periods this morning," said Shallowater high school Principal Tom Johnson. "It was hard to walk in and see desks there where he sat and he wasn't there today. It's been real sad, real solemn and quiet, just horribly quiet."
Johnson remembers speaking to Hacker only last week.
"The last time I saw him that I dealt with him here at school was one day last week and I pulled a joke on him and we were laughing and he laughed at me every time he saw me that day and you know we miss him, good kid," said Johnson.
Shallowater High School held a memorial this morning at the flag pole and the school had three counselors on campus to speak with any students who needed to grieve.
Deric Morrow was one of Hacker's closest friends. They rode dirt bikes together, spoke often and spent time at each other's home. He remembers receiving the bad news vividly.
"I was in my truck last night and I was driving down the road and I got a phone call saying that Garrett Hacker was in a rollover car accident and had died," said Morrow. "If I ever needed somebody to talk to, somebody to vent to, you know hang out with, go shoot the breeze he was there. Garrett was an amazing friend and an amazing guy to be around."
There were two others in the car with Hacker at the time of the accident, but their conditions are not known at this time.
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